CCJ Symposium to examine economy, CSA 2010

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Updated Nov 5, 2010

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In a recent survey, the American Transportation Research Institute found that the two biggest worries on the minds of trucking executives were the sluggish economy and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new CSA 2010 enforcement regime. Both topics will be front and center at the CCJ Fall Symposium, to be held Nov. 8-10 at the InterContinental Montelucia Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Kicking off the business program on Nov. 9 will be Eric Starks, president of leading freight forecasting firm FTR Associates. Starks will assess the latest trends in freight demand and the overall economy. Immediately following Starks will be a panel of leading trucking executives who will discuss, among other things, how they are tackling key challenges, including the soft economy and CSA 2010. The panel will include Prime Inc. President Robert Low, Celadon President Chris Hines and American Central Transport President Tom Kretsinger, Jr.

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg, president of TransSafe Consulting and an attorney with Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson and Feary, will address CSA 2010 — as well as hours of service, electronic onboard recorders, supporting documents and other major safety initiatives — in a presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush will keynote the CCJ Fall Symposium, to be held Nov. 8-10 at the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.Former Gov. Jeb Bush will keynote the CCJ Fall Symposium, to be held Nov. 8-10 at the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event will be former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who served two terms as head of one of the nation’s most populous states and is, of course, a member of a modern political dynasty. Gov. Bush will discuss the state of American politics in the wake of the mid-term elections and the steps the United States should take to maintain its position as leader of the free world.

Another featured speaker is Robert Rebhan, a former Detective Sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department and an expert in fraud and other financial crimes. Rebhan will discuss ways to identify and thwart financial crimes by employees and others in the context of the trucking industry.

The American Trucking Association’s new chairman, Barbara Windsor, CEO of Hahn Transportation, will review the status of the trucking industry’s agenda in Washington, including the status of the highway bill — a measure that could tackle such weighty issues as truck size and weight, Interstate tolling and the gas tax.

New to the CCJ Fall Symposium this year are breakout workshops led by noted executives in trucking:

  • Improving technician skills, led by Mike Jeffress, vice president of maintenance for Maverick Transportation;
  • Leveraging information technology, led by Mike Ruchensky vice president and chief information officer of Swift Transportation; and
  • Managing driver health, led by Dustin England, director of safety for CR England.

    As usual, the editors of CCJ will close out the Symposium by facilitating informal roundtable discussions on equipment and business issues.

    The theme for this year’s Symposium is “Leading through Change.” Registration for the CCJ Fall Symposium is open only to managers and executives of motor carriers and their guests. The early-bird registration fee of $295 — $150 for spouses and guests – includes full access to all sessions, hotel accommodations, golf or spa activities and all meals and beverages.

    To register and to obtain more information on the agenda, accommodations and recreation, go to